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DA candidate's forum while Trutanich was a no-show
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While Trutanich's stated reason for chickening out of being publicly humiliated for reneging on his promises are not likely to impress anyone but the most ill-informed, Trutanich made sure he was fully informed of events at the candidates' forum. City Attorney employee Dan Raskov, who receives over $1,000.00 a week of taxpayer money under an obscure contract to provide Trutanich with '... Grant and Alternative Funding Specialist' services, attended the DA candidates' forum, doubtless to report back to Trutanich on how the opposition is shaping up.
|City Attorney contract employee Dan Raskov attended the DA candidates forum|
and was seen making copious notes of the proceedings for his report to Trutanich
However, given Trutanich's now well established reputation as a liar, and his incredulous responses to the recent BillboardGate and RentGate scandals, it's a claim that most believe would fail the straight-face test. It is a sad reality that Trutanich's credibility continues to plunge in the eyes of those who reasonably expected him to abide by his 'pledge to serve,' and are appalled at his apparent comfort level with reneging on his solemn, sworn promise to voters.
Equally, given Raskov's obscure job title and function, it is perhaps fair to question precisely the role that Raskov played at the candidate's forum. It might also be reasonable to ask for some accounting for the amount taxpayer funded time devoted to sourcing 'Grant and Alternative Funding' compared to the success, or lack thereof, of any efforts actually made in that regard. Apart from Trutanich being accused of funding his office with the proceeds of alleged 'extortion,' it is unclear precisely what 'Alternative Funding' activities remain within Raskov's purview.
Trutanich, who issues Press Releases like confetti, does not appear to have issued a press release lauding the success of Raskov's quest for 'Grant and Alternative Funding,' at least not according to the press release archive currently viewable on the City Attorney website.
In view of Trutanich's alleged commitment to 'transparency' and 'no politics at my desk' it certainly seems reasonable that the public receive some credible assurances that Raskov's political campaign activities are indeed separate from his taxpayer funded position, and that Raskov's position is a legitimate charge to taxpayers.
Jackson ramps up campaign with early mailers & phone bank
|Coming to a mailbox near you... Thousands of mailers from Alan Jackson|
are being received by high propensity voters as Jackson ups the stakes in his campaign.
In addition to the mailers, the Jackson campaign also launched a phone bank staffed by volunteers who will take the lead in making calls to LA County voters to promote Jackson's candidacy. While the script of the callers is a closely guarded secret, sources tell the Dragnet that portions of the script include references to Jackson's numerous law enforcement endorsements, his high-profile trial successes, and his Air Force background. It is understood that the phone bank volunteers have also been given a cheat-sheet list of broken promises and failures by Carmen Trutanich who is believed to be vying for the same group of voters.
The early initiation of a targeted campaign strategy is believed to have taken Jackson's opponents by surprise and is also understood to have impressed several key endorsers in law enforcement. Jackson's early moves could effectively capture the conservative voter base and thus ensure him a place in a run-off that looks like pitching traditional values against the liberal values propounded by the opponents.
District Attorney's statement on conviction of Michael Jackson killer Dr. Conrad Murray
Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley gave full credit for the successful prosecution of to the hard work of Deputy District Attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Bazil in a short statement to the press, shortly after Murray was remanded into custody on Monday afternoon following the verdict.
Cooley's concise statement took commentators by surprise for the lack of self-aggrandizing and false credit-claiming that has come to be expected from City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who releases press statements like confetti, claims credit for cases that are not even handled by his office, and allegedly uses threats of imprisonment to try cases in the court of public opinion, rather than in a court of law.
The successful prosecution of Dr. Conrad Murray was the result of a well disciplined and competently managed team of law enforcement and prosecutors who prevailed in a court of law by the use of real evidence and legal reasoning, not the kind of ridiculous self-promoting and false promises that have become the Trutanich brand.
Danette Meyers to speak on alternatives to incarceration
Hot on the heels of securing a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for Tyquan Knox, a former Crenshaw High football star, District Attorney candidate Danette Meyers will be lecturing about alternatives to incarceration at the Messerau Free Legal Clinic on Saturday, November 12, 2012 at the Morningside Church in South Los Angeles.
Meyers' spirited comments at the DA candidates' forum are likely to be repeated as Meyers continues to define her candidacy as a tough on crime reformer. Those attending might be surprised by what appears to be Meyers' campaign catchphrase; 'You might not like me, but you will respect me.'
We understand that City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has not been officially invited to Messerau's Free Legal Clinic. Yet.